Aral Sea Ostracoda as environmental indicators

Ian Boomer*, Robin Whatley, Nikolai V. Aladin

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Fluctuations in the level and chemistry during its history have played a major part in shaping the floral and faunal communities of the Aral Sea. Of the eleven species of Ostracoda (Crustacea) known to have been living in the Aral Sea in 1960, only one survives today due to the anthropogenically induced salinity increase of the past three decades. The origins of a mixed fresh- and brackish-water ostracod fauna are discussed, and it is concluded that some of the major faunal elements must have reached the Aral Sea Basin during a past high water level phase when connection existed with the Caspian Sea. The taxonomic position of key taxa is clarified, and the major elements of the pre-1960 Aral Sea ostracod fauna are illustrated from Holocene sequences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-85
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • Aral Sea
  • Holocene
  • Ostracoda
  • Palaeolimnology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Palaeontology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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